Thursday 18 January 2018

Graham Dwyer trial: A grisly 'tale of bloodlust'

STORY: Jury hears document detailing murder and rape of a woman found on hard drive in search of Dwyer's home

Darci Day

GARDAI found a story on a hard drive at Graham Dwyer's home in which the author writes about raping and stabbing a woman called Darci to death, the Central Criminal Court heard.

The document detailed how a man arranges for the woman to travel from the US to Ireland, where he brings her to a cabin and cuts her throat as he rapes her, then has sex with her mutilated corpse.

The public was cleared from the Central Criminal Court and Mr Justice Tony Hunt warned the jury that "aspects of the case would be difficult to hear."

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Mr Dwyer bowed his head as the four-page document entitled "killing Darci" was read out by prosecutor Sean Guerin SC.

Mr Dwyer (42), an architect of Kerrymount Close, Foxrock, is pleading not guilty to the murder of Elaine O'Hara (36), a childcare assistant, at Killakee, Rathfarnham on August 22, 2012.

Her remains were found by a dog walker in undergrowth in the Dublin mountains on September 13, 2013.

Darci Day

Darci Day

The prosecution maintains Mr Dwyer killed her for his own sexual gratification.

Det Gda Brid Wallace of the Computer Crime Unit told the court she examined a hard drive that was seized by gardai from the accused's home in a search on October 17, 2013.

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A folder entitled '4Darci.doc' was found and inside this was a document entitled "Killing Darci".

The author described meeting a girl called Cassie which, the trial heard, was an online name used by a young American woman called Darci Day who testified on Tuesday about her contact with Mr Dwyer. It was created on March 2, 2011 and had a total editing time of 89 minutes.

The last modified user was called adwejchert.


Graham Dwyer

Reading from the document, Mr Guerin said it began: "Months had gone by and soon the day would finally arrive. From the first email I knew this one was special. I had always fantasised about killing ever since I was a teenager and … every time I had a knife in my hand, wielding the power knowing that I could decide who lived and died, Just like my hero, God.

"Every time I made love …. I wondered what opening a throat would feel like," the document continued.

"Every time I closed my eyes, I'm wondering how it would feel for a hard cold steel blade to push itself in.

"My addiction grew, just like any addiction, and soon I met girls who needed pain and suffering as much as I needed to give it.

"Bondage, rape, slashing and stabbing soon became my hobby and acquiring two fine subs over the years and having role play with others," the document continued. "I was the lucky one, I knew there were 100 men like me for every one of the girls I played with and I always managed to win them over."

The author went on to say the scenarios grew and grew and he "could not satisfy my bloodlust".

He said around the time he considered crossing the line, one of his "subs" came to him and asked for the ultimate, to help her to die.

"Having been responsible for creating three lives, wasn't I entitled to take just one?" the author asked.

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He "considered someone suicidal or terminally ill or both".

"Why not become a random murder victim, you get to die, your family do not blame you, but blame me, you live free from the sin of taking your own life and I'm carrying the sin of killing you."

The story then said: "When she first came into my life I knew her only as Cassie," adding that she "ticked all the boxes".

"Beautiful, young, smart and clear about what she wanted, and critically wanting to die the same way I wanted to kill, It was a rare marriage indeed."

"I was happy to give her this relief knowing the biggest relief was yet to come."

"She had enough for a bus to Boston and a ticket to Dublin."

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The author said he knew her departing would cause some pain to her family but would be a fraction of pain she carried around in her head.

"She came to me with only hand luggage and wearing the silver chain I had posted her. Soon this chain will be mine again when I removed it from her ruined throat," the story stated.

"Just money and favourite clothes, special under garments that would soon be blood soaked and in ribbons around her ankles."

The author said they hugged at the airport and she rested her head on his arm all the way to the place he had "prepared".

"The sun was setting as we arrived at cabin, she knew she wouldn't see another sunset. We did not say much, we had nothing to say. We prepared everything in the greatest detail, like watching a movie we had written and directed.

"She had a meal that would never leave her body; she tasted her last favourite food and last favourite drink.

"I gave her every opportunity to turn around. She even had a return ticket, but this is what she wanted," Mr Guerin continued to read from the story.

The author said he showed her his knife, she played with it and he used her computer to wipe their accounts.

The story said she posted a suicide video and they "knew people would be wondering where she was" and starting to worry.

He was planning to take her clothes, case and laptop to a popular suicide spot and "her family might think she was somewhere across the Atlantic, think of her when they look out over coast of Maine.

"I carefully undressed and moved my clothes to a clean plastic bag," the story continued. "She did not need to see the shovel."

The last time they embraced, they "kissed passionately and made love, in contrast to the brutal rape she would soon endure.

"She turned her back to me when we finished and I put on my mask and gloves," Mr Guerin continued to read.

"I tied her roughly on a mattress on the ground, which was lying on plastic. She knew this mattress would be her coffin.

"She knew he was watching and waiting to take her home to see her gran and her old dog. Who wouldn't want such a pretty angel by her side?

"She was lying on her back all beautiful and sexy, her arms laid out ... I raped her and my knuckles whitened as I tightened the grip around the knife in my left hand.

"She closed her eyes and I sank the knife deep in to her belly," the story continued, adding that it left a "most beautiful perfect oval stab wound.

"I stabbed her again harder and again and again, she gasped each time almost in relief as the knife went in and out of her perfect body and her life blood flowed down her sides. I pushed the knife deep in to her jugular."

The story stated that afterwards, he "slit her throat from ear to ear...reached in and pulled tongue through the slit. "Columbian neck tie".

The author said he fell asleep on her body and when he awoke she was stiff and pale.

He said he washed her body lovingly and "she would have been proud of me.

"I gazed in to her lifeless eyes and gaping throat... all sexy and stabbed, her throat slit, life gone.

The story then spoke of wrapping the body in plastic.

"I drove a short distance to where I had prepared her grave where I would visit and ask for forgiveness for what I had done," the story concluded.

Other documents also saved in that part of the hard drive were the subfolders "Graham", an animated video of a woman being cut by the throat and an image of a blonde woman who appeared to have been stabbed to death. There was also a subfolder with the initials "EH" that had three movie files, three documents files and three text files, Ms Skedd said.

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